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Greek Tragedy Finds an American Audience

Helene P. Foley

in Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272446
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520953659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520272446.003.0002
Greek Tragedy Finds an American Audience

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Chapter 1 examines efforts to stage versions of Greek tragedy on the American professional stage from the nineteenth century to 1931. Colleges and universities and a developing outdoor theater movement set the stage for the first successful professional productions of the Greek tragedy in translation in the 1910s and 1920s. Figures such as the H. Granville Barker, Katherine Tingley of the American Theosophical Society, the noted actress/producer Margaret Anglin, Maurice Browne and Ellen van Volkenberg of the Chicago Little Theatre, George Cram Cook and his Provincetown Players, and Eugene O'Neill turned to Greek tragedy to develop and promote serious poetic drama in the United States and to develop aesthetically innovative interpretations of the Greek originals.

Keywords: Greek tragedy in America from 1910 to 1931; American outdoor theater movement; poetic drama in America; Margaret Anglin; Eugene O'Neill; H. Granville Barker; Chicago Little Theatre; George Cram Cook

Chapter.  21238 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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